Lady Raiders defeat Baylor

The Texas Tech Lady Raiders (16-1, 2-1) overcame the loss of Senior Jia Perkins to defeat the Baylor Lady Bears by a score of 64-63. Freshman Alesha Robertson hit 3 of 4 free throws in the final 7.6 seconds to give Texas Tech the victory. Robertson led Texas Tech with 18 points, while Sophia young led all scorers with 24 points.

Texas Tech tried to take control early with a 6-0 run to take a 6-2 lead with 17:31 left in the half. After Baylor took a 12-11 lead, the Lady Raiders scored 5 straight points to take a 16-12 lead with8:48 to go in the half. The Lady Raiders' lead grew to as much as 8 points, but was reduced to just 4 points at the half. Texas Tech led 28-24 at the half.

Neither team was able to take control of the game in the second half. Baylor took a 49-47 lead with 6:38 left in the game, but Texas Tech quickly answered to take a 50-49 lead with 5:30 to go in the game. Baylor once again took the lead late in the time, this time making the score 58-57 with 1:52 left in the game. Baylor extended heir lead to 4 points when Emil Niemann made three free throws to give the Lady Bears a 61-57 lead with 1:46 to go in the game. Erin Grant was fouled with 1:32 left in the game, and made both free throws to make the score 59-61. Brooke Baughman forced a turnover on the next possession. The turnover led to a LaToya Davis basket and a foul. Davis missed the free throw, making the score 61-61 43.9 seconds remaining. Former Lady Raider Dionne Browne hit a jumper on the next possession, giving Baylor a 63-61 lead with 29 seconds to go. With just 7.3 seconds left in the game, Alesha Robertson drew a foul on a lay-up attempt. Robertson made both free throws to tie the game at 63. On the inbounds play, Jes Stratton was called out of bounds on a questionable call. The turnover gave Texas Tech the ball with 6.2 seconds left on the game. Robertson drew another foul with 2.2 seconds left. Robertson missed the first free throw, but made the second, giving the Lady Raiders a 64-63 lead. Erin Grant stole the inbounds pass to ensure the Lady Raiders' 64-63 victory.

After the game, the out of bounds call on Jes Stratton was questioned by Baylor Head Coach Kim Mulkey-Robertson. "Did she step out of bounds? No she didn't step out of bounds," said Coach Mulkey Robertson. She continued her tirade during the press conference. "Her heel never came down did it," asked Coach Mulkey-Robertson. When asked about the call Texas Tech Head Coach Sharp said she didn't actually see the call in question. "I actually was looking down the floor to see if there were going to be any mismatches we were going to have to take care of down there, and I didn't see it," said Coach Sharp. "That's probably not the only thing that maybe wasn't exactly the right call."


This was the first look at the Texas Tech offense without Jia Perkins, and the overall performance was solid, if not outstanding. "Today was one of those days where it was foing to take everything that we had," said Coach Sharp. The Lady Raiders played with a more balanced offense, something that will be critical with Perkins out of the lineup. Alesha Robertson scored 18 points and made 8 of 10 free throws, including the critical free throws to win the game. "We finally got to a point where we felt like maybe the best shots we could take would be to put her on the free throw line. We executed it well, and she did a great job of having the courage to take it and try to make a play," said Coach Sharp. LaToya Davis scored 12 points in the game, but her ability to force the Baylor post players into foul trouble might have been even more important within the scope of the game. Erin Grant had her second straight game in double figures, this time scoring 11 points to go with her 4 assists. "In this game I was able to penetrate more and get to the basket and get fouled," said Grant. Her ability to drive and score is now critical to the success of this team. Chesley Dabbs scored 10 points in her first start as a Lady Raider. Dabbs must take advantage of this opportunity if Texas Tech is still going to compete for a conference championship.


The game plan for this game was to slow down Sophia Young and Steffanie Blackmon, and Texas Tech was partly successful. Blackmon was held to just 3 points, but Sophia Young scored a game-high 24 points. Despite Young's success, this was another solid defensive effort by Texas Tech. the defense was every bit as important as the made free throws down the stretch.

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